Sunday, September 25, 2011

More Halloween Fun to Celebrate the New Stampsmith Store Site

Hi Everyone,
I thought I would help Estelle of The Stampsmith celebrate the launching of her new Store Web Site by posting this scary Black Cat Halloween card.  I used one of the frightful fun stamps from the Halloween Full Sheet.

Very Scary!!!  Man, I just love all these wild and crazy images!  I have been getting all my Halloween cards done and this set has been so fun to work with.  Take a look at my card.

Love that dark blue sparkly paper.  My card is also featured on the Vamp Stamp News Public Gallery.  Check all the other Halloween cards over there too.

Card Size: 4 ¾” x 5 ¾”
  1. Stamps: Black Cat and Boo from the Halloween Full Sheet from The Stampsmith.
  2. Card Stock: Only Orange, Night of Navy (100867) and Basic Black (102851) from Stampin’ Up; Glossy Black and White from Kromekote; Blue Glitter Card from Kreaxions.
  3. Ink: Dragonfly Black Pigment from Color Box; Tuxedo Black (ME-900) Memento; Black Soot Distress Ink (TIM19541) Ranger.
  4. Coloring Tools: Orange and gray Copic Markers; Faded Jeans Distress Stain (TDW29847) Ranger.
  5. Embellishments: Black Brad; Black Satin Ribbon from Michaels Craft Store.
  6. Other: Paint Brush; Zots 3-D Clear Adhesive Dots (17180); Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing folder (37-1604) Provo Craft; Tag Punch from Fiskars; Clear Embossing Powder (EPB10968) Ranger.
Make a card from Orange CS and layer with Smooth Black CS.  Dry emboss a piece of Black Glossy CS with the Swiss Dots folder and add to the left side of card.  Stamp the Black Cat image on Glossy White CS with Tuxedo Black ink.  Color the moon with orange and the cat with dark gray Copics.  Apply the distress Stain to the sky area with a dry paint brush.  Press the brush to the sponge top of the Distress Stain bottle to pick up the stain.  Begin on the edges and work inwards.  Layer the stamped piece with Night of Navy and Blue Glitter CS.  Tie a piece of black satin ribbon around card.  Add the stamp piece to the card front with 3-D dots.  Stamp “Boo” on a piece of orange CS and heat emboss.  Punch the sentiment out with the tag punch.  Dry emboss with the Cuttlebug folder and distress with Black Soot Distress Ink.   Add a brad to the end and glue to the card front over ribbon bow. 

Here is a close up view. 

Tuesday, November  1  The Stampsmith Challenge Blog will be celebrating its first birthday.  To celebrate, we will be holding a blog hop.   Should be lots of fabulous projects from the Design Team Members!!  Stayed tuned for more into!  (Edited 9-26-11)
Don't forget to check out the new Store Site.   Hope you are having a nice and relaxing Sunday morning.  Love ya.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Carnival Artist Trading Cards

Hi Everyone,
Today, I have some Artist Trading Cards (ATC).  This is a Design Team project for Blockheads Stamps.  I used some Carnival stamps from Blockheads.

Materials List:
Distress Stains: Faded Jeans, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint
Distress Ink: Black Soot
Clear Embossing Powder: Ranger
Craft Sheet or plastic bag
Black Staples
Tulle, lace, ric rac, velvet ribbon
Cs: Cream, Wine

The background was created by applying Distress stains to the Craft sheet and pressing the Cream CS into the stain. Repeat until you like it.  Stamp the images with Black Soot and sprinkle on the Embossing powder and heat emboss.  Layer onto a piece of wine colored CS.  Now all you have to do is add all the embellishments.  Very easy, right?!

I used black staples to secure the velvet ribbon.  

 I glued ric rac to the Carnival Jester ATC.   A piece of tulle was knotted and stapled to the ATC.

I am also entering my Carnival ATC's in:
Simon Says Stamp and Show: ATC's
Sweet Stampin Challenge: Anything Goes
The Stampman: pears or pairs-I made a pair of ATC's
Art Impressions: For the girls
Southern Girls: Anything goes
Fashionable Stamping: Vintage

Okay that's about it for me.  Hope your weekend is going great!  Love ya.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Halloween Fun with the Ghastlie Gang

Hi everyone!
More Halloween spooky fun with Blockheads' Ghastlie Gang Stamps.  Today, I have three cards.  Hopefully this will help you to get going on your own Halloween cards.  Here is a look at the stamp set.  How fun!  These images are just great for Halloween cards.

Ghastlie Gang Stamp Set (Blockheads)
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Copic Markers or Marvy Alcohol ink Markers
White CS suitable for use with Copics
Distress Inks (Ranger)
   Spiced Marmalade
   Rusty Hinge
   Stormy Sky
   Black Soot
   Victorian Velvet
Embossing Folders
   Dot Matrix (Tim Holtz)
   D'vine Swirls (Cuttlebug)
   Wonky Rectangles
   Standard Circles Small
DP with Halloween theme
CS: Orange, Dark Green, Black, Yellow

 The image was stamped with Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copics.  I dry embossed half of the piece of CS.  Distress inks  (Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Stormy Sky, Black Soot) were used to distress the Cs.  Here is a close up.  Pretty Ghastlie huh?  Do you like his yellow teeth?

For Card number two, the image  was stamped with Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics.  The image was cut with a Spellbinders die and layered with orange CS.  I cut the candy corn, pumpkin, and Boo from some Halloween DP.  And layered on a piece of DP, Dark green CS onto a yellow card base.

And, here a few close ups.

And, card number three is made in the same way.  In this card I used the embossing folder and a Spellbinders die.

Ain't she sweet??  The dry embossing was distressed with Rusty Hinge and Soot black.  The image was distressed with Victorian Velvet, Stormy Sky, and Black Soot.   Trick or Treat was cut from the Halloween DP.  To place the sentiment on the top of the card, I glued it to a longer piece of Black CS matching the top and side edges exactly.  The lower portion of the black CS is glued to the inside of the card front.

Well, I have to say, I had a blast making these cards.  The images are just so fun.

My Ghastlie Gang Halloween Cards are entered in the Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Dies or punches.

My trip to Florida was very fun!  I got in lots of quality stamping time.  I will share some of the projects and some pictures later on in the week.  I feel pretty refreshed and ready to take on the world.  Well, a small part of the world anyways. LOL   Hope you are having a great day.  Love ya.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Autumn Colors Challenge with The Stampsmith

Hello Everyone!
Time for the Stampsmith Challenge!  And, for the Challenge on the 15th, please use a stamp from The Stampsmith to be eligible for the gift certificate drawing.  The Theme is:
Colors of Autumn
For my Design Team  project, I wanted to continue with my Halloween theme and made this project using stamps from the Halloween Full sheet. 

Now, that is a scary sheet of stamps!  I used the sentiment, the Castle, and the black cats for my card.

The images were stamped on glossy white CS with black dye ink.  I used lots of different DP's (K & Company, Stmapin' Up)  and CS in Fall colors.  I also used embossing folders to add texture.

I added a sheer ribbon, black ric rac, and orange rhinestones for accents.  You have until Sept 29th to make your project and link it up on the Stampsmith Challenge Blog.  Have fun!  Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Note: Estelle at The Stampsmith is working on the new web site for the store.  That will be up and running soon.  The new site will make ordering easier and there will be lots of sample cards!!

Have a great day.  Love ya.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Another Spooky Halloween Card -Third Coast Rubber Stamps

Hi Everyone,
More Spooky Halloween action today.  I will keep the Halloween cards coming for the next few weeks.  Just for the fun of it!  Tomorrow I will be hopping on a plane and flying down to sunny Florida with my stamping buddy, Chris.  We will be taking a nice long weekend and having some fun in the sun.  We are going to hang out with Chris' mom.  There should be plenty of stamping fun!  Okay, on with today's card.
I used a pretty scary stamp from Third Coast Rubber Stamp called Cat Gargoyle.  Check out all the new Halloween stamps here.   Now, I was thinking that a gargoyle should sit on top of a wall.  I used an embossing folder to simulate a brick wall.  Take a look.

  1. Stamps: Halloween New Release Gargoyle – Third Coast Rubber Stamps; Alphabet stamps from Scrappy Cat.  
  2. Card Stock: Blueberry from Martha Stewart; Metallic Gray from DCWV; White from Staples.
  3. Ink: Distress Inks-Black Soot, Faded Jeans, Forest Moss from Ranger; Jet Black from Stazon.
  4. Embellishments: Black Tulle; Green Woven Ribbon from Offray.
  5. Other: Cuttlebug Machine; Gridlock Tim Holtz Texture Fade Embossing Folder; distressing tool from Ranger; Fabri-Tac glue. 

Make a top fold card from Metallic Gray CS and layer with Blueberry CS.  Stamp the image on White CS and watercolor with distress inks listed using a wet brush. Distress edges and background with Distressing tool to completely cover white CS using the same ink colors.  Dry emboss with the Gridlock Texture Fade.  Do a little more distressing with the Distress inks.   Attach the stamped piece to card front.  Stamp the letters b, o, and o in black ink. Distress (with Distress inks) and cut out.  Attached the word “BOO” to the card front with dimensional adhesive.     Cut a strip of Black tulle five inches wide and 20 inches long.  Run some gathering stitches down one long edge.  Pull up gathers to fit the width of the card top edge.  Glue the tulle to the card front using Fabri-Tac glue.  Wrap the ribbon around card covering the edge of the tulle and tie ribbon in a bow.  Fold tulle over leaving 2 inches showing at top of card.  Secure the tulle on the back of card using the Fabri-Tac Glue.  Cut a strip of ribbon (or paper) and glue to back of card to cover glued edge of tulle. 

So what do you think of that crazy poof of tulle?  It just seemed to happen on its own.  Strange.   Here is a look at the inside.  The sentiment on the inside is from Stampin' Up.

There is plenty more Third Coast Rubber Inspiration over at the new Third Coast Rubber Design Team Blog.  Check it out!!!
Have a great day and stop by tomorrow for the Stampsmith Challenge.  I will schedule my post so you won't miss a thing while I am out of town.  Love ya.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Halloween Inspiration

Hi everyone!
I am in  a Halloween mood!  I will be sharing a bunch of Halloween cards over the next two weeks.  I have a little cutie for you today made with Serendipity Stamps for the Halloween Challenge on their blog.  I used a small bat stamp and a sentiment.  I made two cards and varied the colors slighthly.  Here is the fist card.

To make the background, I applied ink (black) to an acrylic block and stamped with it directly onto white CS.  The bats and sentiment were stamped with black ink.  I colored in the bats with black chalk.  I used a Spellbinders die to cut the decorative square and used fall colors.  Here is a close up.

I tied a bright orange ribbon in  a bow and glued it on.  And, for the second card, I applied navy ink to the acrylic block and used orange for the decorative square. This time I spritzed the acrylic block with water before stamping.  A totally different look from the first card-which was not spritzed with water.   I tied the yellow ribbon in knot and glued in place.

My Halloween Bats are also entered in the:
Sweet Stampin challenge: anything but Birthday.
Pile it on: Starts with B-I used bats and bows
Craft us Crazy: Autumn colors
Victoine Originals: Primary Colors
That's it for today.  I will be back in a few days with another Halloween card.  Have a great day.  Love ya.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

How About a Little Birthday Action?!

Hi Everyone,
Happy Saturday!  I am back today with a cute little Birthday card.  I have used stamps from Impression Obsession and am entering this card in their Birthday Challenge.

Cake Trio F2280
Happy Birthday A5490

I stamped with Stazon black ink on Blush Blossom CS (SU) and colored the image with Stickles  (Gold, Thistle, Xmas Red, Silver, and Aqua).  I layered with Regal Rose, Real Red (Stampin' Up) and Blueberry (M. Stewart).

I used a Spellbinders for the sentiment and added some bright ribbon.  

This how I decorated the inside.

Birthday Cake is also entered in the Bling Challenge over at Mark's Finest.
Have a great weekend.  Love ya.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Stampsmith Challenge-Add Something Faux

Hi Everyone,
It is time for the Stampsmith Challenge!  The theme for this challenge is to use something Faux on your project.  It can be anything Faux.
Challenge Details:
Since it is the 1st of the month, you are welcome to use any stamps you like-all manufacturers.  You have until Sept 14th to make and link your project up on The Stampsmith Challenge Blog.  A random Winner of a $10 gift Certificate will be announced on the 15th.
I decided to use Faux Stitching on my card.   This is a fun way to add a little detail.  I think it would have been faster to actually sew it on my sewing machine though.  LOL  I do have a sewing machine right there in my studio.  But, the challenge is to use something faux...right!  Here is my Design Team project.

This is an image from the Flappers #3 set.  Another lovely lady.  You can find this set in The Stampsmith Shop.  Here is the whole sheet.  Nice!

When I first starting working on this card, I did not intend to make a Christmas Card.  But, as I kept going on it, I felt it was going in that direction.  The green Cs, the punched edge, just seemed very Christmasy to me.  So, I went with that.  And that is why I call this card Christmas Beauty.  Here is a close up.

I stamped the image on White glossy CS with black dye ink.  The CS: Always Artichoke (Stampin' Up) and the Cream (Bazzill).  I added the Faux Stitching with a fine tip brown marker.  Than I added a ribbon and done.   Here is what the inside looks like.

Well, I have two Christmas cards done.  70 more to go.  LOL  Okay, so get your Faux ideas flowing and click over the Stampsmith Challenge and show us your take on the theme.  Can't wait to see what you come up with.
Christmas Beauty is also entered in the:
Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge Hop: Anything Goes!

Have a great day.  Love ya.